Domestic Relations Case

The court may appoint an OCR attorney to serve as a Child’s Legal Representative (CLR) in a domestic relations case. The attorney’s responsibilities in the case depend on the role to which s/he is appointed and the specific duties, if any, assigned to the attorney by the court.

Child’s Legal Representative (CLR)

A CLR is an attorney appointed to represent the best interests of the child in a domestic relations proceeding that involves allocation of parental rights and responsibilities.  The CLR’s role is to determine and advocate on behalf of the child’s best interests with respect to the child’s custody, allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, property of the child, parenting time, or any other issue as identified by the appointing court.  The CLR must ascertain and consider the wishes of the child, but his/her recommendations are not controlled by the child’s wishes.  The CLR advocates on behalf of the child’s best interests.  The CLR actively participates in the proceedings regarding issues involving the child and cannot be called as a witness.

The OCR oversees state-paid CLRs who are appointed when the court finds that one or more of the parties in a domestic relations case is indigent.  OCR pays the CLR as apportioned by the indigency finding.  For example, if one party is indigent and the other is not, OCR pays 50% of the CLR’s fee.

 NOTE: For inquiries about Child and Family Investigators (CFIs), please contact the Colorado Office of the State Court Administrator. As of 1/1/16, CFIs are no longer overseen by the OCR.